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Dear Daughters, Disney using new Minnie Mouse to reinforce unhealthy body image for girls

Dear Daughters,

Today I received an email from Miss Representation (an award winning documentary exploring the misrepresentation of women in the media – I will write more on it later) regarding Disney’s newly designed Minnie Mouse that was created for Barney’s, a New York retailer, Christmas display. Except for the fact that she is a mouse, this Minnie Mouse is unrecognizable. She is stretched as thin as paper and painted with makeup on every inch of her face. There is an online petition you can sign in an attempt to get Disney to pull their support of Barney’s Christmas display and where you can get a glimpse of the new Minnie Mouse.

Just the other day, the word “sexy” was discussed in our household and it turns out not one of you, my dear daughters, actually knew exactly what it meant. But when you are dancing or asked to pose as a “girly girl”, you go into “sexy” mode. I certainly do not dance or pose in that way (anyone who knows me is probably laughing right now as they know this is so true, so you are not mirroring what you see at home. These “sexy” dance moves and poses have to come from somewhere and we all know exactly where they are coming from – the media! The new “sexy” and “way too skinny” Minnie is just another weapon in the bomabardment of sexualized and unhealthy body images towards young girls and women.


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